Locals turned out in droves to AGL Energy Limited’s (AGL) Broken Hill solar plant on Sunday 22 May 2016 to explore one of Australia’s largest utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants.


The community open day, hosted by AGL and First Solar, saw more than 800 people turn up to learn more about renewable energy in their local community and see first-hand how the solar plant works.


AGL’s Broken Hill solar plant project manager Adam Mackett said the community open day was a huge success.


“We had over 650 people take a bus tour of the site, the local Lions club hosted a BBQ and served up some 800 sausages, plus the jumping castle, face painting and pony rides proved to be a big hit with the kids.


“Overall, it was a fantastic day and a great boost for local tourism. I also want to thank everyone who helped make the day truely a community event,” Mr Mackett said.


Local radio station 2DryFM also broadcasted live from the family-friendly event.


AGL built the 53 MW Broken Hill plant in western NSW, in partnership with the NSW Government, the Federal Government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Broken Hill City Council and local community as well as project partner, First Solar.



Note to editors: Photos from the community open day is attached. If used, please acknowledge as provided “Courtesy of AGL”.


About AGL

AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies and is the largest ASX-listed owner, operator and developer of renewable energy generation in the country. Drawing on over 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including solar, hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass. AGL is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for our investors, communities and customers.


About the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

ARENA was established by the Australian Government to make renewable energy technologies more affordable and increase the amount of renewable energy used in Australia. ARENA invests in renewable energy projects, supports research and development activities, boosts job creation and industry development, and increases knowledge about renewable energy. ARENA is currently supporting more than 200 projects and is actively seeking new projects to support.


About NSW Government support for renewable energy

The NSW Government supports the development and uptake of the renewable energy in the state. The NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan will be the main driver for increasing the uptake of renewable energy in the state. The plan’s three goals and 24 actions will guide NSW’s renewable energy development and support the national target of achieving 20% electricity from renewable sources by 2020 at least cost to the energy customer and with maximum benefits to NSW.

The NSW Regional Clean Energy Program (RCEP) and the Renewable Energy Advocate will work closely with NSW communities and the renewable energy industry to facilitate the development of renewable energy projects, increase renewable energy generation in NSW and help remove barriers and promote investment in renewable energy.


About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced module and system technology. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com


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